Stories about hacking are everywhere in the news lately. Hacking is a serious and growing problem that can affect anyone—governments, businesses and everyday people.

You go to great lengths to protect your personal information. And governments and corporations do all they can to secure their networks and encrypt their data. But there’s an often-overlooked area with big potential for causing harm: documents, and the “endpoints” that produce them. Endpoints are things like printers and multifunction printers (MFPs).

Document and Endpoint Security: Checklists and Discussion GuidesThe problem is most data breaches happen by accident, because of people’s carelessness. Rarely are malicious attacks made intentionally on printers. More likely, it’s just old-fashioned human error that leaves documents wide open for hacking.

So how can you protect your documents? We’ve compiled a handy guide to help you do exactly that. Our “Document and Endpoint Security” eBook offers checklists and discussion points to help you make smart choices about information security. It covers topics such as:

User-Related Issues: Research and experience tell us the riskiest part of a document process might be the people who use it. By tapping into analytics, you can find out how users are working with documents and devices, and where potential risks reside. User analytics let you see who is accessing, printing and scanning certain types of documents and intellectual property. With information in hand, you can decide if additional safeguards are needed.

Device Factors: As data moves in and out of MFPs or fax machines, where is your document-based information most vulnerable? Are your MFPs secured with state-of-the-art encryption? Do you have a complete separation between phone lines and network fax connections? Can your devices automatically overwrite image files stored on them? What happens if a device falls out of compliance with your company’s security policy? Use our checklists to help ensure security for the life of each device.

Managed Print Services: Working with a Managed Print Services (MPS) vendor may be the best way to bring your document and endpoint security up to snuff. But how do you evaluate your MPS vendor’s security credentials? We’ll show you the right questions to ask.

When everyone is informed and on the same page, you can be more confident in your document security decisions. What is your organization doing to address document and endpoint security? Let us know in the comments below.